CFDA Awards 2014: The complete list of winners + our reactions
The CFDA Awards are always an ultra-buzzy affair—and when you invite Tom Ford
and Rihanna, the glam factor is guaranteed to hover around 11. Check out our thoughts on the full list of winners from the event, which celebrates the very best American fashion talent.
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Alexander Wang
Winner: Joseph Altuzarra
Verdict: TOTALLY. Altuzarra has been going from strength to strength, and his fall 2014 collection of colour-blocked coats and refined folk dresses was one of the strongest of the season. Add in a
hotly anticipated collab with Target and the designer’s name couldn’t be higher on the It scale. In terms of the other nominees: Marc Jacobs won this award in 2010, and since fall 2014 marks the first season he’s focusing solely on his namesake brand (since leaving Louis Vuitton), it would feel too soon to recognize him again with the top award. Alexander Wang, meanwhile, has scooped Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year (in 2009), the Swarovski Award for Accessories (in 2010) and Accessories Designer of the Year (in 2011), so he’s not hurting for CFDA kudos. Look for him to take home top honours next year.
Click through for the full list of awards and, of course, Rihanna…
MENSWEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Thom Browne Marcus Wainwright & David Neville, Rag & Bone
Winners: Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne, Public School
Verdict: A surprise win. Chow and Osborne won the Swarovski Award for Menswear last year for their edgy-meets-elegant New York brand. I thought Rag & Bone would take home the top menswear honours—they last won in 2010 and their menswear is at least as good as their womenswear. Thom Browne won Menswear Designer of the Year last year, so a repeat seemed unlikely.
ACCESSORIES DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Alexander Wang Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Proenza Schouler
Winners: Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen, The Row
Verdict: Surprising. I love The Row ready-to-wear, but I don’t think they compete with Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler when it comes to instantly recognizable, immediately covetable accessories.
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR WOMENSWEAR Rosie Assoulin Wes Gordon
Winners: Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters, Creatures of the Wind
Verdict: Well deserved. The Swarovski awards for womenswear and menswear tend to honour emerging rather than established fashion talents. Creatures of the Wind fits the bill nicely.
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR MENSWEAR Todd Snyder Shayne Oliver for Hood by Air
Winner: Tim Coppens
Verdict: Yep. Coppens’ line of minimalist, assured separates is great. Hood by Air is coming up strong, though—expect big things from them in 2015.
SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR ACCESSORIES Jennifer Fisher Marc Alary
Winner: Irene Neuwirth
Verdict: A safe but pretty choice. Neuwirth is a celeb favourite, with fans like Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon. I would have gone with the edgy-cool Marc Alary.
GEOFFREY BEENE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Tom Ford
Verdict: Fashion’s favourite showman has still got it. In his speech, he told the crowd, "It’s been a wonderful 25 years, and I could never have achieved it without the people in this room."
INTERNATIONAL AWARD Raf Simons for Dior
Verdict: No one working in fashion today deserves it more.
FASHION ICON AWARD Rihanna.
Verdict: The one, the only. Um, did you see the
dress she wore last night?
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